Worksite deaths in Bahrain decline by 50%

Several workers found working during banned hours despite death toll drop

The deaths of workers on construction sites in Bahrain during summer have fallen by 50 percent in the past three years, according to a top labour official.

The decline is largely due to new measurements set by authorities, including the summer work ban which prohibits labours to work during noon until 4pm, Labour Affairs Under-Secretary Sabah Al Dossary said at a health safety program, reported Gulf Daily News.

“The ministry has set up in its framework several projects and events in co-operation with its social partners, which contributed in reducing the incidence of occupational deaths by 50pc in the various production sites compared to previous years,” said Al Dossary.

“Ever since we started the work ban in 2007, especially during the past three years, the incidents of worksite accidents have reduced at least by 50 percent,” he said. “Worksite accident rates were high during summer months in the past and, in this context, we praise the commitment of institutions and corporate owners to the implementation of the summer work ban law, which aims to protect workers in the construction sector during the months of July and August of every year.”

A European residence has notified the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society through a hotline that six workers in Juffair had been spotted working during the ban hours.

An Arabic hashtag which translates into Heat Kills Them has been launched on social media websites to catch ban violators.

The public can also take photographic evidence and send it to a WhatsApp number, 36455424, or email them to manama555@hotmail.com.

Heat during the summer months can result in death. If a worker dies during work ban hours, his employer will be held responsible, society secretary general Faisal Fulad said.

Violations for the ban include a fine as large as $2,650 (BD1,000) per worker.

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